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Ali Nihat Yazici
Thursday, July 12, 2012 16:04
In an unexpected (and somewhat surreal) twist of events, Ali Nihat Yazici has returned in the function of FIDE Vice President. In a letter addressed to Yazici, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov "refuses" his resignation, and Yazici "respects" Ilyumzhinov's decision.  Ali Nihat Yazici, a FIDE Vice President again | Photo by Anastasia Karlovich...
Kasparov in the FAZ
Thursday, June 14, 2012 14:53
Garry Kasparov is still firmly committed to push FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov out of office. The former World Champion doesn't rule out that he will run for FIDE President himself at the next presidential elections in 2014. This was reported today by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. On the day that the FIDE website reports about another...
Why chess will never be popular
Saturday, May 19, 2012 22:02
One of the good things about the Anand-Gelfand World Championship match is that it generates a lot of debate on some essential points: what’s the proper format to determine the best player in the world; should chess always be spectacular; does computer-dominated professional chess have a future; and what’s the market value of chess anyway?...
Anand-Gelfand: press conference & opening ceremony (VIDEO)
Friday, May 11, 2012 2:38
On Thursday, May 10th the World Championship match between reigning champion Vishy Anand and challenger Boris Gelfand was officially opened. At 18.30 a press conference took place in the press room, with Boris Gelfand, Vishy Anand, Mrs. Irina Lebedeva (Director of the Tretyakov Gallery), Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (FIDE President), Arkadij Dvorkovich (...
Ilyumzhinov shakes hands with Sean Penn, the Dalai Lama and... Bachar Assad
Tuesday, May 01, 2012 14:07
Here we go again. It seems that every time there is a new candidate for the title of world's most dubious leader, our FIDE President sees this as a reason to invite himself for a cup of coffee. Last weekend Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Syria and on Sunday he had a three-hour talk with the President of Syria Bachar Assad in Damascus. In the past we'...
Ilyumzhinov turns 50, signs agreement with Azerbaijan
Thursday, April 05, 2012 21:44
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov celebrated his 50th birthday today, a reminder of how young he was when he emerged from nowhere to become FIDE President 17 years ago. In recent days he was in Baku to sign an agreement which saw Azerbaijan officially confirmed as the sponsors of the upcoming Candidates Tournament in London. In many ways it was symptomatic –...
Some thoughts on Ray Keene's interview with Andrew Paulson
Friday, March 16, 2012 17:28
Last week an interview appeared online with Andrew Paulson, the American businessman who signed a contract with FIDE to organize the next two World Championship cycles. The interview was conducted by English GM Raymond Keene and although many critical questions were asked, somehow many important aspects still remained unclear. Andrew Paulson |...
FIDE confirms London, announces 4-year schedule - players' comments
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 21:13
The FIDE Candidates Tournament will be held October 24th-November 12th, 2012 in London. This was announced in a brief press release published on Monday on the FIDE website. In another press release, FIDE gives a 4-year schedule for two World Championship cycles, and names cities like Paris and Madrid as locations for new Grand Prix tournaments....
Official request from Bilbao organizers to FIDE to change Candidates dates
Monday, February 27, 2012 17:36
The organizers of the Grand Slam Masters Final have sent an official request to FIDE to reconsider the dates for the Candidates Tournament. The letter, which is addressed to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, is backed by both Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik. The FIDE Candidates Tournament, a qualifier for the 2013 World Championship Match, is...
FIDE confirms agreements with CNC/Agon and Tretyakov
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:14
FIDE has signed an agreement with the companies CNC and Agon for the next World Championship cycle. CNC will be responsible for media, web and software rights, while Agon will be organising and funding the events. The contract with the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, where Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand will play the 2012 World Championship match in...

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